PSEG will use Rolls-Royce's digital analytics systems at its Salem and Hope Creek power plants in New Jersey under a new agreement. The systems aim to boost plant efficiency, and PSEG has already run a successful six-month pilot program.
Josh Havertape was chosen by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to be the new inspector general for Exelon Generation's LaSalle nuclear power plant in Illinois. "His experience, training, and education will help ensure LaSalle meets the high regulatory standards set by the NRC," said NRC Region III Administrator K. Steven West.
NASA, which has been testing nuclear power sources as part of its Kilopower project since November, will hold a press conference today in which the early results of those tests are likely to be announced. The project aims to find new nuclear power sources to use on Mars, and the technology must be able to operate at full power for 28 hours straight.
EDF Energy is looking for an investment fund to help finance its Sizewell nuclear power plant project in the UK. The plant could cost 20% less to build than its Hinkley Point C in the UK, EDF said.
Municipalities in Finland, including Helsinki, have expressed interest in small modular reactors. SMRs are attractive options because they are likely much less expensive to construct than traditional nuclear power plants while still giving cities a zero-emissions method of producing heat and electricity.
The first reactor at EDF Energy's Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant should begin operations in 2025, EDF said. The original target date was 2017.
A proposal by grid operator PJM Interconnection would support generators like coal and nuclear power plants by increasing the overall energy price in its market. The plan would improve transparency and efficiency and isn't meant to boost any specific type of energy, according to Stu Bresler, PJM senior vice president of operations and markets.
Energy Northwest's Columbia nuclear power plant in Washington state has been recognized in several reports for its environmental contributions, increasing power generation and benefits to the economy, with Energy Northwest even being named Employer of the Year in 2016, writes James Conca. States that are retiring their nuclear power plants could learn from Columbia's example of how well a plant can operate, he writes.
As many nuclear power plants near the end of their first 20-year operating license renewal, three plants are considering applying to extend their licenses for another 20 years, bringing their lifespan to 80 years. "If a subsequent renewal is granted and plants are allowed to operate for 80 years, [the Nuclear Regulatory Commission] could see increased interest by other utilities," said Allen Hiser, senior technical advisor for license renewal aging management at the NRC.
Mike McGuire wanted Grant Thornton to retain more employees when he became CEO in 2015, so he took its more than 8,000 employees through culture sessions and made changes such as adopting a flexible leave policy. "In 2016, our retention improved by 500 basis points year over year -- something that's unprecedented in our industry," he said.